Bridges, Cliffs as Suicide Lures

Bridges, Cliffs as Suicide Lures

There are 1 comment on the NBC Los Angeles story from Aug 26, 2012, titled Bridges, Cliffs as Suicide Lures. In it, NBC Los Angeles reports that:

Nearly 500 people have killed themselves by jumping from high bridges, cliffs and freeway overpasses in Los Angeles County over the past 10 years, records show.

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#1 Aug 29, 2012
"People need to understand that people die from suicide from some sort of mental problem," Scarpelli said. "It's not that they want to die. They just want to end whatever is happening."

I strongly disagree with the above statement. I believe the fact is that many people who commit suicide are simply the beneficiaries of what is termed "a moment of clarity."

When you're younger, it's like you're in a daze of hormone activity, as well as a limited view of the world, and the power to rationalize. You might think of killing yourself for the fun of thinking about it, but you don't actually do it. You're young!

As men and women approach middle-age, and see the abyss looming ahead, then look behind, and see their past dissolve, more and more into a dream, their perception of the world becomes more acute, and their experience makes their view more accurate. They're in the "here and now."

So many look around, don't like what they see, are bored with the repetition of the self-perpetuation of human misery, simply decide to stop postponing the inevitable and look to the Vincent Thomas Bridge as a wonderful way to make a clean exit. No blasting of brains all over a hotel room wall for some poor wretch to clean up. The bridge promises no muss or fuss, and delivers a clean carcass, every time.

If we, instead of erecting nets, erected a diving platform in a discreet location of the bridge, and charged each enthusiast $20K for the service (cash only), I figure averaging 5 divers a day, that would be 100K into our cities coffers A DAY!


I think the reader must agree, for return on investment, it easily beats our current bike lane program.

I encourage all LB citizens to engage our city council to begin a "pilot program" and see if what I'm proposing doesn't quickly take wing as the biggest money maker since car boots!

Currently, we don't lack the expertise. We only lack the will and leadership.

Let's do this!

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